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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Romantic folk tale retold with music and classic Streisand.

Movie PG 1983 132 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Clear view of one of the main character’s butts!

This is a great movie. But. Parents should definitely be aware that there are very strong sexual overtones and you see Mandy Petinkin’s butt along with the butts of all the other guys who go skinny dipping!
age 10+

A beautiful directorial debut

Yentl gives a good picture of Jewish life in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The rigid gender roles become the fodder of a gender-disguise comedy, but the writers don't present us the predictable romantic comedy ending. The musical numbers help us understand the inner turmoil of the Yentl character, while the comic scenes have all the required tension to keep the viewer engaged. A great story for adults and children old enough to understand romantic attraction.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Barbra Streisand's first film as a director, based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, is an earnest, passionate effort. It has charming moments, some outstanding performances, pays beautiful attention to the detail of an Eastern European culture destroyed decades later by the Holocaust, and focuses on the always pertinent human desire to reach one's full potential.

Still, it isn't entirely successful. The resolution is not fully satisfying. At well over two hours, the film feels longer than the story merits. The music, designed to pay tribute to the Talmudic core of the story, tends to sound the same throughout. And is it really possible for an audience to accept a 40-something woman in the role of a young girl pretending to be a male Yeshiva student? Yet, it's a good try: enjoyable, perhaps just as brave as Yentl's divine experiment. If nothing else, Ms Streisand's voice is as extraordinary as ever.

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